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Summer conference season at the University brings a boost to local tourism

By July 19, 2016January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates

Event Exeter, the University’s venue and event management team, will welcome two conferences this summer, which are the largest of their kind.


The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) conference arrives on the Streatham campus on Monday 25 July, bringing 330 delegates to enjoy this year’s theme of ‘Your Mind on a Plate’. As well as making full use of the extensive exhibition and residential conference facilities on the Streatham campus, delegates will have the chance to experience the taste of Devon with a range of local food related excursions.


A coffee learning tour around the city centre, cheese tasting at Quicke’s Cheese in Newton St Cyres and wine tasting at Pebblebed Vineyard near Topsham all feature on the programme.


A programme of evening events includes dinner at Exeter Cathedral and a special themed three-course gala dinner in the University’s Great Hall. The conference will culminate with a tour of the famous Brixham Fish Market and breakfast at Mitch Tonks’ Rockfish Café.


 Shortly after TUCO delegates leave, some 1,180 delegates will arrive for ISBE 2016 – the 16th congress of the International Society for Behavioural Ecology.


The 6 day long biannual conference brings together academics in the fields of Animal Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution. It will feature talks by world-renowned scientists and cover the latest advances in research. Prof Nina Wedell, ISBE President and researcher at the University of Exeter, said: “This is the first time in more than 20 years that the ISBE congress is back in the UK. It is proving to be a very popular destination with the ISBE membership, with more than 1,000 participants signed up so far.”


ISBE delegates will also enjoy exploring the local area, with excursions to National Trust property, Killerton House and various landmarks on Dartmoor National Park. Social time has been built into the conference programme with attendees being encouraged to visit the tourist attractions, shopping outlets and eateries of Exeter.